TDP Day 2: Up to Glacier Grey
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I had a final breakfast this morning with Matt, David, Shin, and Will - and listened to their story of their LONG hike yesterday. Most of which I am going to do today. Then we bid our farewells. Fun guys.
I packed up and set out on the 3 hour hike up Lago Grey to Refugio Grey where I would spend the night. Today the weather was not so good. Partly cloudy with intermittent showers. I followed the backpacker advice, however, and only wore quick-dry hiking pants and thin quick-dry shirt - while other people were bundled up in goretex and/or fleece. (The idea here is that my "warm clothes" were tucked away in plastic bags in my backpack, so that later on once I was at my destination I could bundle up in them.
On the lake I could see small ice bergs that had broken off from Glacier Grey which is at the north end of the lake.
My feet hurt too - damn shoes.
When I got to Refugio Grey, there was some confusion about me not having a voucher confirming my reservation. For a minute I thought I was going to be out of a room. But finally the guy said, ¨no problema¨and he showed me to my room. Phew. That said, it was a normal sized room that I shared with seven other people, thanks to 4 sets of bunk beds crammed in there!
I then repacked my pack with a lighter load and headed up another couple of hours to Campamiento Guardas, a campsite which is directly in line (but above) the Glacier Grey.
After sitting there a while, I decided it was time to head back to Refugio Grey.
At the Refugio, I really screwed up - I struggled through a cold shower at the camp showers, only to find that Refugio guest had access to the indoor and HOT showers (key work = hot) inside the Regugio. So I took another shower, and enjoyed it a bit more than the first one.
I had dinner with Jann at the Refugio, and we also met Steve and Jane from Australia as well.
I also realized today that hiking through the park solo is a bit risky. One misstep and I could twist an ankle, fall off a cliff, get swept down a river. I´ll have to be careful. Especially since i´m now wearing my sandals for most of the hiking, not my stupid boots that spontaneously have started killing my feet!